Milan mid-season review

Posted by Sumeet Paul

Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty ImagesThe excellent play of Stephan El Shaarawy has helped turn around Milan's season.

As we reach the midway point in the season and Serie A's finest enjoy the festivities over the winter break, it is the perfect time to reflect on what has come to pass so far this campaign.

- Allegri not fazed by defeat to Roma

In what has been a difficult few months for Milan fans, dealing with the tribulations of the summer and the early season malaise, a resurgence in the weeks leading up to Christmas has promised much in what was always likely to be a difficult transitional season. However, have the Rossoneri done enough to excite you ahead of 2013?

Tears were shed at the San Siro on the final day of last season, with a number of Milan greats bidding an emotional farewell to the Curva Sud. Seemingly destructive enough, the departures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris ahead of the season opener then ensured a hostile reaction as the club moved to improve its financial situation.

Moving to eradicate its mounting debt, the Rossoneri have decided to take a new direction, one that relies on youth. By cutting the wage bill and relying on a younger group of players, the club was taking a huge gamble, and one that showed no early signs of being successful.

A disappointing start to the season did little to ease fears and a place in the bottom half of the table had many questioning the future of boss Massimiliano Allegri. However, a revival came, and the arrival of Stephen El Shaarawy left us all with hope. Along with Mattia De Sciglio, it appeared there could be some method to this madness, a recovery in the league coupled with qualification to the last 16 in the Champions League and all seemed well.

Yet the year was ended on a sour note, with defeat against Roma ensuring a sizeable gap to the ultimate goal of a place in the top three. With the inevitable departures of Robinho and Alexandre Pato in January, questions will be raised as to whether Milan can still secure a Champions League spot which for a while seemed out of their reach. There is also another meeting with Barcelona to look forward to, albeit a two-legged affair which is likely to end Milan's European run.

Vote and/or leave your comments below with other awards you feel certain individuals are worthy of. I will then run a piece next week discussing the results!

Who has been Milan's best player so far this season?

Who has been Milan's most disappointing player so far this season?

Milan's most memorable win so far this season?

Milan's worst defeat so far this season?

Milan's most promising youngster?

Should Massimiliano Allegri still be Milan coach?

Finally, I would like to thank you for all your comments throughout the season so far. Wish you all a Merry Christmas and special Christmas greetings from the Milan players. Forza Milan!

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